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Man takes Portland police on high-speed chase, damages police car

PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) - A man was arrested Saturday evening after taking police on a high-speed chase and damaging several police cars.  

Portland officers attempted to stop a car for speeding on Highway 52 near Sandye Avenue. The car failed to yield and reached speeds of more than 110 mph on Highway 52 towards highway 31.  

Police said the car was swerving in and out of traffic and passing cars on the shoulder.  

The car turned right onto Highway 31 W and kept speeding in excess of 90 mph.  Officers said the car slowed to around 50 mph at the Kentucky/Tennessee state line, where police attempted to pull up on either side of the suspect's car.  

Police said the driver, identified as 23-year-old Michael Pratt, intentionally rammed the side of an officer's car.  At that point, another officer used his car to force an end to the pursuit by hitting the driver's side of the suspect's car.  

Pratt was arrested and charged with a slew of traffic offenses, including reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He also had several active warrants in three separate counties.  

The 23-year-old also has other felony charges pending in Kentucky.


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